During the two weeks of November 10-22, the evangelism organization, Jews for Jesus, conducted a campaign in the southern cities of Israel, focused in the largest city of Beer Sheva. Beer Sheva and Arad have seen their share of opposition to the gospel over the years, and this campaign awakened some of that antagonism. One of the campaigners was arrested just two days before the end of the campaign, the first time in eight such campaigns around Israel that this has happened. He was released on bail after spending four days in a prison, and expelled from the country last week on Dec. 3. This expulsion order (which is less serious than a deportation) is being contested by JFJ through legal channels. We hope that the outcome will not bring a further hindrance to the Great Commission in the land, and among the people, where it was first commanded. Continue reading “Sign Spoken Against #2: Anti-Yeshua”
Today a small representation of leaders of Messianic congregations and other ministries from all sections of the country met together to discuss the lawsuit and its verdict and the ‘what now?’. The ‘what now?’ is still an open discussion. In the very short term, unless a very clear Word of the Lord should come to say otherwise, there will be no appeal of the verdict. We spoke and heard today how the lawsuit was initiated and handled, and how the evidence was presented to the court, and the judge’s decisions during the course of the trial to our side of the case. Another leader with a legal background was also present, who changed his mind from before coming: he clearly saw along with everyone else that there is very strong legal basis for filing an appeal. With that, no-one present — nor any who have communicated with me in the past few days — had a conviction that an appeal is the clear will of God. Some were uncertain; others were against. Continue reading “LAWSUIT UPDATE – Final”
Shalom Brothers and Sisters,
A verdict has been handed down by Judge Iddo Ruzin in our lawsuit filed against the Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and against the anti-Messianic organization, Yad L’Achim. The judge did exactly what we have been praying and hoping . . . that he would not do! Judge Ruzin has determined that the two defendants are innocent of any wrong-doing concerning the events before, during, and after 24 Dec 2005, and that we did not produce sufficient evidence to prove any personal liability on their part in our civil suit against them.
Judge Ruzin has ordered that we pay 1000 ILS to each of the defendants, graded percentages of our claims against them for violations of Israeli law, attorneys’ wages for their clients’ defense, and the five appearances in court for the trial, for a total of approximately 155,000 ILS ( ($40,200; 32,900 Euros; or GBP 27,800). This miscarriage of justice is a sad commentary on the state of affairs, and should be seen, too, as a wake-up call to all who care for truth and righteousness.
We express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you for your encouragements, prayers, praises to God, and financial contributions throughout this lawsuit to date. We believe, with many of you, that we were led by the Lord to enter into this lawsuit, and we have sought to honor the name of Yeshua. We believe that at least in this latter regard, we were successful: even the judge in his decision referred to the Lord as “Yeshua”, and not by the acronym commonly used by many in this land. We understood from the outset that there was a risk involved in taking these particular defendants to court for what we still know they are liable.
If we decide to file an appeal of this decision, we will do so only after consultation with other Messianic leaders from around Israel, just as we did before going to trial.
We always believed, and still believe and accept, that the verdict is from the Lord, and it is for us to discern what He is saying to us through it.
Glory to the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel.
We are still waiting for the Judge’s verdict in our lawsuit. The customary 30 days have passed, but he is under no legal obligation to have given it during that time. The times are in the Lord’s control, and so we trust Him for making the best use of this time to bring forth the verdict He wants, and the consequences of it. Please continue to pray for Judge Iddo Ruzin, who is understandably under much pressure.
We are still waiting for Judge Iddo Ruzin to deliver his verdict on our case. It is possible that he has already decided and posted it in the mail, or it may be that he is still deliberating on it. In any case, we hope to receive his decision in the coming days.
This may be a good time to say plainly that we have not gone into this suit as a civil liberties issue, nor on the basis of Israel being a democratic country. There are many who would deny that Israel is a full democracy, nor do we want to defend the right of ‘sinners’ to parade themselves as a ‘basic civil right or liberty’. It is no sin to be born Jewish or Arab or black; it is not a sin to be Israeli, Korean, or Mexican; it is a sin for any person to break God’s holy and righteous laws, and the laws of a society which have been enacted to protect the general welfare of its citizens, residents, strangers, and aliens. We know that it is the righteousness of God to believe in Yeshua/Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God. For the Jewish people as a whole, that is the unforgivable sin! Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 17 May 2010”
Shalom to all. This evening Israel commemorates Memorial Day for all those who have been killed during the years of wars and rumors of wars. It is a true statement that we must fight for liberty and peace. Tuesday is Israel’s Independence Day, and God is working to sanctify His name amongst His people whom He will cleanse from all their ungodliness and uncleanness. We praise and worship our great God and Savior that He has paid the greatest price and won the war, and gives His peace to those who believe it!
Here is a more detailed report of where things stand in our lawsuit against those who still do not believe: Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 18 Apr 2010”
Greetings in the name of Yeshua, who is and who was and who is to come!
This is a reminder to please remember to continue in prayer for the outcome of our lawsuit against Beer Sheva’s Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and against the anti-Messianic organization, Yad L’Achim. Our next and “last” scheduled appearance before the Judge Iddo Ruzin is next week on April 15 at 11:10 that morning.
We have submitted to the judge and to the two defendants our position regarding what we expect from them in issuing a public apology for the violence and unpleasant ways during their illegal demonstration and trespass against our congregation on December 24, 2005, and in doing all that is in their power to do to prevent any such recurrence of illegal acts against believers in Yeshua in the future. We have also stated that we will continue to act within the laws of the State of Israel, as we have done all along. (Should laws be changed to work against the gospel even more, then we will, of course, in the love of the Lord and by the power of His grace, do our utmost to honor Him and, if necessary,suffer for His name’s sake.) We walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before, and we follow the Lamb wherever He leads us. Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 8 Apr 2010”
Shalom upon you! (Shalom aleichem!)
My apologies for not being able to get this out sooner, since I know that many of you were and have been praying for our day in court yesterday. Also some of you even called, or SMSed, or sent e-mails, and we are very encouraged by such attentive support.
Up to about 30 also met at Ha-MaKoM for worship and intercession during the course of the court session, which went on till about 1:00pm. Once again, the defendants displayed a disrespect for the court and for the entire proceedings by showing up late or not at all. This is the attitude taken by the religious authorities in other cases involving believers in Yeshua here, that the authority of the civil courts are not fully recognized, if at all. (I would say that believers, who find themselves in court over legal matters in any country, need to be careful not to show contempt of court, since we are commanded to submit to the civil authorities, and not to curse our rulers.) Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 10 Mar 2010”
Hag Purim sameach! The God of Israel continues His sleepless watch over His people. . .and because of such sovereign grace and power, we are not consumed but prevail! Hallelu-Yah!
Next Tuesday, March 9, at 9:00, in Beer Sheva Court Shalom, 4th Fl, Room #44, our scheduled last appearance before Judge Iddo Ruzin takes place in our lawsuit against Beer Sheva Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri and against the organization Yad L’Achim. Alex Artovsky, their director for the department, The Struggle Against The Mission, is scheduled to testify, after which the three principal attorneys will present their closing arguments before the judge, who will then have up to 30 days to give his verdict in our civil suit. Continue reading “Lawsuit Update – 28 Feb 2010”